CANCELED: World Music Concert to Feature Music from Japan

February 24, 2020 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

An aerial photograph of the Elmhurst College campus shows Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel.

UPDATE: As part of the campus’ effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, this event has been canceled.

The Elmhurst College Philharmonic Orchestra will perform music from Japan during the World Music concert on Thursday, March 19.

Led by the orchestra’s new director, Taka Matsunaga, the concert will feature a variety of traditional Japanese music, along with music from popular Japanese movies. Kokyo Taiko, a Japanese drumming group from Chicago, and Kaori Ichinokawa, a licensed Koto master, also will perform.

Matsunaga joined the Elmhurst College faculty last fall. He is a member of the American String Teachers Association and is a founder and music director of the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted in Vienna, Salzburg and Detroit, and at Chicago’s Symphony Center.

The World Music Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available to purchase at the door. For more information, please contact Trish Thoren at (630) 617-3515 or

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